The main points of the agreement concern sharing knowledge in emergency medical services and planning work protocols for the Indonesian health system.
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Advisor)
Dr. Sudibyo Markus, the head of Indonesia’s Muhammadiyah organization, arrived in Israel on an official visit in order to establish cooperation between his organization and Magen David Adom. Dr. Markus is the highest Indonesian official to visit Israel. Muhammadiyah operates dozens of clinics, hospitals, orphanages schools and universities in Indonesia and has been recognized by the Indonesian government and by international organizations.
Dr. Markus was the guest of honor at yesterday’s signing ceremony. The agreement was signed by the head of the Indonesian Rescue and Emergency Service, Prof. Aryono Pusponegoro, the Chairman of MDA’s Board of Directors, Dr. Noam Ifrach, MDA Director-General Eli Bin and Dr. Markus.
The main points of the agreement concern sharing knowledge in emergency medical services and planning work protocols for the Indonesian health system, which will be implemented by Indonesian medical teams. The practical and managerial knowledge will be implemented by internationally-recognized MDA specialists. The Indonesians will share their experience in preparing for, and responding to, natural disasters. Dr. Ifrach said: "We hope that, by the signing of this agreement between MDA and Indonesia, cooperation will be expanded to other fields. We expect that it will strengthen bilateral relations on all levels."
Cooperation between MDA and the Indonesian rescue and emergency organization began approximately one year ago, with the arrival of a delegation of Indonesian health and community organization officials for an MDA course in Israel.
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At the festive signing ceremony in Tel Aviv, the great importance that MDA attaches to this agreement was stressed, as it is likely to continue to develop the good relations that have been sown between the two organizations, relations that have been shown by the arrival of Dr. Markus to Israel.
"We hope that as a result of the signing of the agreement between Israel and Indonesia, the cooperation will extend to additional spheres and is expected to strengthen the relations between the two countries at all levels," said Dr. Noam Yifrach, chairman of the MDA Executive Committee. His Indonesian counterpart added: "I am 76 years old, and delighted that I have succeeded in fulfilling my childhood dream of coming to Israel."
The cooperation between MDA and the Indonesian emergency services started about a year ago, when a delegation of senior members of the Heath System and community organizations came for a professional course at Magen David Adom in Israel.